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Jokes and Jitters: Auditioning for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

“The answers, in no particular order, are A, B, C, and D,” the young ABC employee told the hundred or so of us sitting in folding chairs in a cavernous studio space near New York City’s Lincoln Center. Theater lights were clustered on tracks above us. Behind us, we could hear sets being moved and…

Planetary Trivia: What’s the Mass of Uranus?

All eyes swiveled toward me when the tie-breaker question was asked at last week’s pub quiz: How many times Earth’s mass is that of Uranus? [insert suppressed giggle here] Think you know? Think carefully. This is pub quiz after all, not Jeopardy—who’s to say the question writers knew the difference between size and mass? On…

A Crater By Any Other Name

It’s been just over two weeks since the MESSENGER spacecraft swooped past Mercury during its second flyby of the innermost planet. Since the initial fervor, the MESSENGER team has been faithfully releasing images collected during the close encounter, some of which are providing data-hungry scientists with fodder for speculation about Mercury’s geologic processes. Today’s offering…